Executive Mgtmt Director-Exec Mgt

Sep 22, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary

The Director of CAPS leads and directs all CAPS programs and services, provides oversight of all clinicians and staff, ensures the effective and efficient management of CAPS’ resources, and collaborates with directors of other components of Student Health and Wellness Services and with key campus colleagues to advance the health and well being of students and the Michigan State community. This is a newly established and critically important position; the selected candidate will be the first Director of CAPS, which was created in early 2017 to strengthen comprehensive mental and behavioral health services. The CAPS director reports to the Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness Services (in the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs portfolio) with a continuing close relationship with Student Affairs and Services.

The Director is responsible for ensuring that the programs and services provided by CAPS meet the needs of the diversity of Michigan State’s students, are of consistently high quality, are fully aligned with the CAPS care and service model, and are delivered in a fully ethical and accountable manner. The Director leads the development and implementation of strategy for CAPS and ensures that rigorous assessment and quality improvement methods are utilized throughout the service, and that all policies, practices, and programs comply with applicable statutes, regulations, accreditation requirements, and professional standards. In addition, the Director and staff are responsible for the quality and effectiveness of health promotion and education programs that are an essential link to the clinical services. 

The Director supervises CAPS’ associate directors; oversees the hiring, evaluation, and professional development of all staff; provides diligent fiscal management and develops and implements the operational budget; and, in partnership with all members of the staff, ensures the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of comprehensive behavioral health initiatives that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity, and social justice principles and commitments.

Collaborating with other departments within Student Health and Wellness Services, as well as campus partners, the Director serves as a key liaison to other University departments, including Student Affairs and Services and the academic colleges, administrators, faculty, and staff on mental health issues, policies and practices.Michigan State is developing a campus-wide, community- and public health-oriented approach to prevention, recognition, and response to students’ psychological and behavioral health concerns; the Director is expected to have a strong leadership role in ensuring the effectiveness and success of that model of mental health services, which depends on high levels of collaboration among multiple departments and student leadership on campus.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

·        Demonstrated ability as a leader and manager with a collaborative, respectful administrative style and positive approach to problem solving.

·        Commitment to high quality professional and clinical standards, diligent attentiveness and dedication to professional ethics, and strong commitments to inclusion and full participation.

·        Doctorate in a clinical mental health discipline – Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D., D.O. (with current Board certification in psychiatry), D.N.P. or D.N.S. (with certificate as psychiatric nurse practitioner); or terminal degree in clinical social work.

·        Licensed or license-eligible in Michigan.

·        At least ten years’ clinical and administrative experience in a college/university counseling or similar mental health setting, including seven years of progressive supervisory/managerial experience.

·        Experience and comfort in using electronic health records.

·        Well-developed, demonstrable skills in and affinity for collaborative team management, coalition building,and operation in interdisciplinary and inter-professional care environments.

·        Effectiveness and documented success working with a culturally diverse community with a commitment to the values of strong multi-cultural competence.

·        Excellent communication, public speaking, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop a broad institutional perspective and work collaboratively with other departments and campus partners.

·        Strong fiscal management/budget skills.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in a college or university mental health setting; and experience in doctoral internship training programs. 

Required Application Materials

Applications shouldinclude a letter of interest clearly addressing the position requirements, anda resume or curriculum vitae.

Special Instructions

Michigan State University has partnered with Keeling and Associates, LLC (K&A) in this search process. Applications should include a letter of interest clearly addressing the position requirements, and a resume or curriculum vitae and must be sent, preferably as PDFs, to [email protected]

A confidential review of applications will begin on June 2, 2017. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President and Senior Consultant for Executive Search, Keeling & Associates, [email protected].

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